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Replica Lincoln Bond MA-1 Jacket

It is always fun to hear from other Toward The Unknown fans. Recently, I received an email & photos from David, from the other side of the world (from me), in Australia. Another continent represented in the TTU roll-call!

David is assembling a MA-1 jacket to replicate Lincoln Bond’s from the movie. While the jacket […]

Life’s Tough, Get a Helmet

Had to chuckle when I found this photo in the Life Magazine archive. Pete Everest, lighting one up in the car.

Edwards AFB 2016: Then and Now

I’ve just added a page to the website with a bunch of photos from sites at Edwards as they appeared then vs. today. I had a ton of fun digging around and making screen captures from movies for the “Then” pieces. Photos include sites from The Right Stuff, Toward The Unknown, North Base, X-2 sites […]

New Site Page: Kincheloe AFB Dedication

Call me weird, but a while back I watched a newsreel from 1959, talking about the dedication of Kincheloe AFB. I’ve been to what is left of Kincheloe AFB (aka Kinross AFB) in Upper Michigan a few times, but could never find the plack and boulder seen in the newsreel. So, when my dad said […]

Kincheloe Memorial – Cassopolis, Michigan

I just added a new page to the website for the Iven Kincheloe memorial in Cassopolis, Michigan, including Google Maps info. If you pass through southern lower Michigan, be sure to make a stop!

 

Site Visit – September 27, 2016

Site friends & contributors Tony Accurso and daughter Evelyn sent over the below photos from the X-2 fuselage crash site. They visited on September 27th, leaving new flags and flowers to remember Capt. Apt.

Haystack Butte, the lone mountain in the background. The X-2 nose section came to rest about a mile […]

Remembering Capt. Apt

While many of us remember Capt. Mel Apt for his final flight on September 27, 1956, another flight was equally important two years earlier. Capt. Apt was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for helping save a fellow pilot. The story of flight was told in a 1956 Life Magazine article, available online.

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Capt. Mel Apt & X-2 Remembered in New Museum Display

On September 17, the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB opened a new display remembering Capt. Mel Apt and the Bell X-2. I had the honor of attending the opening, meeting Lorrie Epling (Capt. Apt’s daughter) as well as attend other X-2 events that day (which I will write more about later!). Aviation […]

Iven Kincheloe Mackay Trophy – Airman Magazine

Airman Magazine has an extensive collection of photography on Flickr.com for download. Recently, they posted an issue from August 1957, including a blub on Iven Kincheloe being awarded the Mackay Trophy. Kinch earned the trophy for his altitude breaking flight in the X-2 in September 1956 :

Full Page/Issue – Airman Magazine

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Iven Kincheloe in October Air Classics Magazine

Head to the magazine store and pick up the October issue of Air Classics magazine. The issue features a 10 page article on Iven Kincheloe by Mike Machat. Plenty of photos, many in color.